Two of my friends clashed with Christianity this week. Sometimes when writing on this blog I write abstract essays so I feel an occasional concrete story may help anchor some of the essays. For that reason I have shared stories of my past. But here are two recent stories of the impact of Christianity on the lives of two of my friends.
Rejected Home-stay Host
A friend of mine is a very liberal Christian, at best. But she is sympathetic with Christianity and even attends a weekly prayer meeting with colleagues from her office. Her husband is an atheist and the family does not go to church. Their son is a good friend of my son. Anyway, they recently applied to be a home-stay family for a local organization but got rejected for not answering correctly on the phone interview when she told them she was faith-friendly but would not preach in their home. My friend was very hurt and disappointed. Good news, however, it possibly pushed her closer to realizing she might as well be an Atheist.
God Censored Their Love
A young woman friend of mine is casually dating a local seminary student. I actually met the aspiring minister once when he was my bartender at a local bar. Anyway, he has been dating this girl on and off for about a year. I’ve been told by mutual friends that all her friends disliked the budding religious professional because of how poorly he treats the young woman. On the nights he would come over to her place after a long absence, he was usually drunk. Last night was no exception. And last night was my friend’s birthday party. At her party he took her aside and told her that God had told him he should not date her anymore. And without even saying goodbye, he left. She had a horrible evening. I kind of felt sorry for her but at least God seems to have made a good decision — for my friend’s sake.